OC TO RACE AT SPA 24 HOURS

Tom Onslow-Cole will race in the centrepiece of the Blancpain Endurance Series, Spa 24 Hours, next month (25 July) in the Leonard Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and the young GT ace reckons a class win is on the cards. 

The 28-year old is no stranger to the 7km-long Circuit de Spa Francorchamps as he set fastest lap in the British GT Championship race and impressed in Spa 24 Hours with his incredible night stint last year. 

This year, the Milltek Sport-sponsored Brit is back and will race alongside Aston Martin Racing works driver Stefan Mücke (DE), team-owner/driver Stuart Leonard (GB) and Leonard Motorsport regular Michael Meadows (GB), in a line-up that OC thinks could take the Pro-Am class win. 

"When you look at the entry list it's a 'who's who' of the world's top GT drivers but I think together our line-up is one of the strongest," OC commented. "Stefan has put it on pole here in this race and Stuart and Michael have taken a Blancpain class win together alongside Paul Wilson already this year."

Leonard Motorsport's Paul Wilson will sit this round of the championship out as his wife is due to give birth on the day of the race. 

"Obviously, it's a shame that Paul has to miss out on this race," OC commented. "But, I'm really grateful that he chose me to take his place and I wish him and his wife all the best for their new arrival."

OC who will join the team at tomorrow's official Spa 24 Hours test also thinks that the Vantage GT3 is an ideal car to contest the race. 

"It's no secret that the Vantage GT3's top speed isn't as fast as some of the other cars but overall it's ideal for a track like Spa with its series of medium- to high-speed corners," the Casio Edifice driver added. "Some of the quicker cars don't have the reliability of the Aston Martin either and that's vital for a 24-hour race. 

"We've seen the Vantage GT3 on the podium at Dubai 24 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours and Bathurst 12 Hours already this year so it has a proven track-record. I think we can add to that tally if we have a clean race and stay out of trouble in the hours of darkness."

This addition to his calendar brings OC's total number of 12- and 24-hour races in 2015 to eight. With four endurance podiums already under his belt this year, he hopes to continue his run of success at Spa 24 Hours.

Spa 24 Hours starts at 1630 local time on Saturday 25 July.